Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW/KDFW)

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New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work

Located halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW International Airport is the world's fourth busiest, offering over 1,700 flights daily and serving more than 57 million passengers a year. For five consecutive years, DFW has ranked in the top five for customer service among large airports worldwide in surveys conducted by Airports Council International.

Regions of interest

  • Asia
  • Middle East
  • Mexico
  • Australia

Major reasons to serve this airport

  • DFW Airport (DFW) is the fourth busiest airport in the world serving the larger Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, home to over 6 million residents. North Texas ranks 4th among metropolitan populations, after New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
  • DFW is a growing economy, adding more jobs from June 2009-June 2011 than any other state.
  • There are over 20 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas.
  • DFW Airport is the only airport in the world able to land four aircraft simultaneously, with seven runways. There are no slot constraints, curfews, or aircraft noise restrictions, most creating a free and open operating environment for airlines.
  • DFW Airport is a premier gateway to the world, welcoming nearly 60 million passengers each year with over 135 nonstop domestic destinations and over 40 nonstop international destinations.
  • Skylink Train connects all terminals in an average ride time of less than five minutes inside security.
  • Closest international airport to:
    • Six Flags Over Texas
    • Cowboys Stadium
    • Fort Worth Stockyards
    • Galleria Dallas
    • Sundance Square
    • State Fair of Texas
    • Texas Motor Speedway
    • Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
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Marketing and other support

DFW was highly commended at the Routes Development Forum 2011 in Berlin for 19 new route launches from four new carriers in a 12-month period, an accolade accepted by Sharon McCloskey, DFW's VP Marketing. New routes included Qantas' Sydney service, Virgin America's Los Angeles and San Francisco routes as well as many by Spirit and American Eagle Airlines.

  • DFW Airport’s Air Service Incentive Program (ASIP) offers fee incentives and rebates fees for new or current airlines that add a non-stop international or domestic route at DFW Airport or if an airline increases the frequency of an international flight at DFW Airport.
  • Qualifying marketing campaigns promoting new routes can also be eligible for reimbursement under DFW Airport’s ASIP.


Catchment Area

A 6.5 million catchment, and pure entertainment and shopping for the growing number of inbound visitors: amusement park Six Flags Over Texas, Fort Worth's Historic Stockyards, shopping and entertainment at Dallas' Victory Park, and the 24-day State Fair of Texas promise events and thrilling rides. The latter alone attracts some 2.6 million annually.

  • 6.4 million population in the DFW Metroplex, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving, Plano, Denton, Grapevine, Euless, Grand Prairie, and McKinney.

Under-served freight opportunities

With some 300,000 tonnes shipped internationally in 2010, DFW is keen on extending its cargo transport to the Middle East, Europe and South America. Formed around the oil and cotton industry, the Metroplex now concentrates on alternative energy sources, telecommunications, transportation and farming. Over 20 Fortune 500 firms are headquartered in the surroundings.

  • Middle East
  • Europe
  • South America

Other economic impact factors

  • DFW is located at a transshipping crossroads with superior air, road and rail access to major international markets.
  • DFW is four hours or less by air from every major North American market, with nonstop service to approximately 179 destinations worldwide.
  • Over 95 percent of all international perishable shipments are cleared within two hours by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Most other shipments clear U.S. Customs within four hours of arrival.
  • More than 50 million consumers can be reached within 24 hours by truck and over 95 percent of the U.S. population can be reached within 48 hours or less by truck.
  • DFW Airport operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No slot constraints, no curfews, no restrictions.
  • Full range logistics support resources including freight forwarders, customs brokers, third-party logistics companies and trucking firms are located on or near Airport property.


The $1.9 billion 'Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program'(TRIP) includes works on Terminal A, B, C and E. In 2005, the airport's newest terminal D was finished (capacity: 12 million), together with the Skylink - a people mover train connecting all five terminals in some five minutes.

  • 20 minutes to downtown Dallas and Fort Worth
  • Five interstate highways, public transportation access

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Runways: Seven runways
  • Un-coordinated slots
  • Operating hours: 24
  • Five terminals, of which four domestic and one international (opened in 2005)
  • Minimum connect time: D-D 40 minutes; D-I: 70 minutes; I-I: 60 minutes
  • Skylink people mover system

Vital statistics

  • Passenger numbers (2010): 56.9 million (total), 41% local – International: 5.4 million, 48% local
  • Freight: 298,000 tonnes international (2010)
  • Largest carrier: American Airlines